SHOPPING CAN BE DANGEROUS

We saw a little girl tumble from the back of the shopping cart  her father was pushing and hit the concrete floor; head first. She fell from the section designed for merchandise. A younger child was in the seat, at the front of the cart designed, with a safety belt,…

DADDY TRUMP

While there are many techniques parents employ in hopes of ensuring their children grow into adulthood as productive and socially accepted citizens, President Donald Trump’s “calling out Nordstroms” on behalf of his 35-year-old daughter, Ivanka, is an example, I suppose, only the rich and powerful might consider employing. Fashion designer…

2017 INAGURATION NOTHING LIKE 2009

What a difference an innauguration makes! A friend asked me, back when she just knew Hillary was going to be elected the first woman president of the good ol’ USA, if I were going to DC for the historical occasion. In 2009, I was there for the historical ceremony swearing…

WHEN DO BLACK LIVES MATTER?

Where were they? A few weeks ago, headed home driving north from the other part of beautiful Pasadena, one of my daughters, who was in the front seat of my car spotted a small gathering of people standing on the sidewalk. They were. in front of the low-income housing units…

HATEFUL KIDS – DISENGAGED PARENTS?

  Priscilla Covington 65 year old grandmother of Brittany Covington, (Photo courtesy of Daily Mail) Granma Covington, according to the Chicago newspaper, said this about her two grandkids, 24-year-old Tanishia and 18-year-old Brittany who kidnapped and brutalized a disabled teenager: “I’m so upset, my head is about to bust open.”…

PASADENA- NOT SO ROSY AFTERALL

  The old, the new, the wise and the wide-eyed. Pasadena dazzles the world every year with its fabulous Rose Parade that moves east on Colorado Blvd, then north on Sierra Madre to its final resting place at Victory Park located in the eastern part of our majestic city.    …

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

When it comes to making Resolutions for 2017, the kids in the household ought to join in on making it a sustainable family activity. A joint effort (not talking about “pot”) for New Year’s Resolutions can bring some real accomplishments with only a small amount of age- appropriate family planning.…

LET’S BLAME SANTA

Smart-mouth kids aren’t really popular at any time of the year but something about the Christmas Season tends to bolster their ability to be obnoxious. Do their parents think they’re cute? Must be or they would snatch ‘em back to “staying in their place.” And, yes, I think children have…

TAKEN FOR A RIDE BUT NOT ON A ONE HORSE SLEIGH

http://talkaboutparenting.org/wp-content/uploads/Jingle-Bells-instrumental-lyrics.mp3 Not only will the stockings be hung by the chimney with care expecting St. Nicholas to soon be there, but so to have the price tags been hung on department store items expecting some unaware shoppers will soon be there – scooping up sale items with extra dollars to…

CHRISTMAS ON A BUDGET?

“I have a budget for my Christmas shopping!” the young woman said to her Financial Counselor in a rather irritated and demanding tone. Having a budget and staying within its limits was the sensitive topic of discussion that Ms Twenty-Something didn’t want to discuss. Long-ago statements such as “money doesn’t…

SANTA’S NEW ELF

Not too happy about this?  An unhappy New Elf? Making a list and checking it twice? Wondering what to give the child who is naughty and nice? Wondering what to give the kid who already has it all? How about nothing? Well, not really nothing BUT nothing wrapped with tinsel…

PARENTS ARE THE ANSWER

No matter how racist, bigoted, anti-women, or the other attributes that tell us who  President-elect Donald Trump is, the burden of decency remains in the hands of parents  preparing  children for the world in which they will have to live. Black folks – Black parents, that is – should have…

PARENTS DON’T KNOW?

Where’s the problem?  Blue equals Hillary.  Red equals Trump. THE subject line on my first email of the day said: “What to tell the kids”. I’ve acquired a good habit of not opening a lot of email that comes my way – there’s just too much. But “What to tell…

KIDS VOTE

Ah, the election. It finally got here in spite of mudslinging, ugly behavior, threats, and with far too many propositions on the California ballot. ‘Hmm, bilingual education,” mused my twenty-something daughter as she sat pondering her vote-at- home ballot. “Seems to me,” she went on, “ If people are in…